Remembering beliefs

In B. C. Love, K. McRae & V. M. Sloutsky (eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society (2008)

Authors
S. Kate Devitt
Queensland University of Technology
Abstract
Optimal decision-making requires us to accurately pinpoint the basis of our thoughts, e.g. whether they originate from our memory or our imagination. This paper argues that the phenomenal qualities of our subjective experience provide permissible evidence to revise beliefs, particularly as it pertains to memory. I look to the source monitoring literature to reconcile circumstances where mnemic beliefs and mnemic qualia conflict. By separating the experience of remembering from biological facts of memory, unusual cases make sense, such as memory qualia without memory or a failure to have memory qualia with memory. I argue that a pragmatic, probabilistic approach to belief revision is a way to rationally incorporate information from conscious experience, whilst acknowledging its inherent difficulties as an epistemic source. I conclude with a Bayesian defense of source monitoring based on C.I. Lewis’ coherence argument for memorial knowledge.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 39,607
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Web of Belief.W. V. Quine & J. S. Ullian - 1970 - New York: Random House.
Cognitive Maps in Rats and Men.Edward C. Tolman - 1948 - Psychological Review 55 (4):189-208.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Remembering "Remembering".Max Deutscher - 1989 - In John Heil (ed.), Identity, Cause, and Mind. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Remembering Without Knowing.Keith Lehrer & Joseph Richard - 1975 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 1:121-126.
Remembering Experiences and the Experience of Remembering.Robert G. Crowder - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (3):566.
Remembering.Anthony J. Cascardi - 1984 - Review of Metaphysics 38 (2):275-302.
Remembering Remembering.Jc Rabinowitz - 1988 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 26 (6):500-500.
Remembering.C. B. Martin & Max Deutscher - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (April):161-96.
Remembering the Present States of a Number of Variables.Douwe B. Yntema & Gayle E. Mueser - 1960 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 60 (1):18.
Remembering.B. S. Benjamin - 1956 - Mind 65 (July):312-331.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-01-31

Total views
4 ( #998,085 of 2,325,321 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #927,055 of 2,325,321 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature